Former President John Dramani Mahama yesterday met with new US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan at his cantonments residence in Accra.
She called on him to formally introduce herself on assumption of office and to discuss some key national issues with him.
The two discussed matters of mutual interest to Ghana and the US and recounted their encounter many years ago when Ambassador Sullivan was a Political Officer in the US Embassy, here in Accra.
The discussions among others touched on the recent violence and deployment of state-sponsored vigilante groups during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election. The US Ambassador recalled Ghana’s credential as a model of peace and security, and appealed to President Mahama to continue to support efforts towards sustaining peace across the country.
President Mahama raised the need to ban, totally, the formation and deployment of political para military groups and vigilante groups like the ones deployed by the governing party last Thursday. He also assured the US government through the ambassador of his commitment to peace and security.
Jubilee house visit
Stephanie Sullivan replaced Robert Porter Jackson, who departed as ambassador after serving since February 2016.
Robert Jackson, began his retirement after leaving Ghana at the end of 35 years of service to the United States. Before visiting Mahama, the new US Ambassador visited President President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House.
Speaking at the brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, Stephanie S. Sullivan thanked the President for the warm welcome to Ghana.
She said the US-Ghana partnership focused on advancing economic growth and trade, strengthening regional security, and improving governance.